Interview With Mark Joyner – Advice on Goal Setting and Achieving Success
Mark Joyner is the #1 bestselling author of over a dozen books that have been translated into 23 languages. His books are read by entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 executives alike, and have been used as text books in universities around the world. He is the founder and CEO of Construct Zero, tech incubator and philanthropic research center. Their largest company, Simpleology, offers free software that lets you get 8 hours of work done in 2 hours — you can get it here.
Josh Hinds: Why is Goal Setting important for success?
Mark Joyner: That question presupposes that it is. There are some people that are very successful without setting goals at all. Before we can say what is important for success we first have to define “success.” That definition is going to be different for everyone – and there’s a secret right there: figure out what you want. With that said, setting goals won’t hurt – as long as they are inspiring and attainable.
Josh Hinds: What do you believe are the necessary ingredients to ensure one achieves the goals they set for themselves?
Mark Joyner: Clarity, Inspiration, Attainability… It’s unlikely any goals without these elements will be hit.
Josh Hinds: How do you set goals? Do you have any special techniques or strategies that work best for you?
Mark Joyner: what we teach in Simpleology 101 explains the whole philosophy – but put simply: I think things to be clear, attainable, and short term. I also like to clear everything else from my path. The small distractions of the day add up to a life of zero accomplishment. Mastery over those minutia is essential.
Josh Hinds: Can you share an example where you’ve seen goal setting pay off with positive results?
Mark Joyner: Sure – years ago I set out with the ambition to become a #1 bestselling author. That’s clear enough, but I had to define what that means, how it can be attained, and then create a plan for attaining it. I did just that and now I’m a #1 bestselling author 4 times over – and my books are available in 23 languages, often used as university texts. I didn’t plan for those last benefits.
It goes to show that sometimes setting an audacious goal will pay off more than you expect. Just make sure you believe you can do it – and make it short term. I have serious doubts about the effectiveness of very long term goals. Life is too transient for them to remain relevant for long.
Yours in goal setting, Josh Hinds
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